About this course
Our new MA Nursing Mental Health postgraduate degree will help you to develop your theoretical knowledge of nursing and positively influence patient care.
- Enjoy high quality teaching in a modern and developing faculty
- Develop your thinking and knowledge with a combination of core, optional and research modules
- Enhance patient care through your nursing education and research
- Study full-time or part-time
As a modern, civic university, LJMU is integral to the life of the city, but we are also global in our approach, forging international partnerships to facilitate world-leading research and collaboration to tackle some of the huge global issues facing the modern world that have an everyday impact here at home.
As a student on this programme you will learn from a programme team with a depth and breadth of clinical and academic knowledge designed to ensure you are supported in developing both personally and professionally.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.
As a Registered Nurse working within your chosen field of expertise you may already be in full-time employment.
Postgraduate study is used by some students to support career progression and promotion. For others, it provides an opportunity to explore a different field and change professional direction. Central for all though, is the desire to update their skills and enhance their knowledge.
As a degree profession nursing sees the added value that research, learning and academic study can have on the patient journey, quality of care and of course a nurse’s personal and professional development. Key to this is lifelong learning strongly supported by the regulatory body the Nursing and Midwifery Council through revalidation.
This programme offers progressive, practice-focused learning and development within a constantly evolving clinical world.
There are five compulsory Core modules, totalling 130 credits.
The remaining credits are made up of your choice of Option modules, meaning you can tailor your degree to your personal interest (to a total of 180 credits for the MA award).
International applicants: Please note that as an international student you would not eligible to select modules which have assessments based in practice and instead will complete theoretical modules.
Foundations of Research
This module encourages you to develop your skills as a potential producer of research, as well as your ability to systematically evaluate research outcomes from a variety of sources. You will be exposed to a variety of activities designed to engage with skills in applied research, based on theoretical concepts. The module is firmly based on a thorough philosophical understanding of the nature of research and its implications in health and wellbeing. It aims to:
- provide a critical knowledge base of the philosophical foundations of health and social research
- provide a sound foundation in research design and methodology
- prepare you to carry out empirical and literature based research
The Self in Mental Health
This module aims to critically explore the concept of the self within a mental health context. It is assessed via a referenced script or your journey of development and oral presentation to support this. The focus is on the different aspects of the self; the responsible self – relates to society and culture, the development of self – relates to the psychological and emotional aspects of self, the potential self – relates to coaching, and the reasoned self – ethical reasoning and decision-making. You will explore the self as personality, as a belief system, as a relational dynamic and therapeutic model to personal and professional practice - Peplau, Watson, Barker, Berne, and Heron. There will also be a focus on self-awareness as self-discovery and the use of self in the talking therapies encompassing critical reflection, emotional intelligence, self resilience, skills in relation to mindfulness, compassion-based approaches, advocacy and applying a right based approach.
Research Ethics and Governance
This module aims to develop your critical understanding of the principles and processes of research ethics and governance.
Advancing Leadership for Quality
This semester-long module enhances effective leadership and team working. Action learning is used to draw on your knowledge and skills, further developing leadership potential within your working context.
The dissertation module offers you an opportunity to explore in-depth an area of personal or professional interest that relates to your programme of study. In doing this, you will expand your research skills and apply what you have learnt in the earlier modules to your research project.
Safeguarding in Multi-Professional Practice
The aim of this module is to enhance the management and implementation of safeguarding policies within a range of care settings and client groups.
Collaborative and Professional Practice in Dementia Care
The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of dementia. It helps you to think creatively, identify innovations in care delivery, how these can be adapted and applied to the service planning and delivery within your own organisation.
This module enhances your knowledge and understanding of addiction as a public health issue and also its risk factors. It assesses different models of addiction e.g. drug addiction, alcohol addiction, gambling etc as well as its associations and mediators/moderators.
Addictions: Policy and Interventions
This module enhances your knowledge and understanding of addictions policy objectives, enabling you to critically assess the effectiveness of the interventions. It enables you to:
- identify core addiction policies and strategies from a UK and international perspective and assess how these are developed and put into operation
- examine how personal and structural forces impact on addiction and assess if these are related to policy objectives
- evaluate policies and interventions designed to improve addiction outcomes
Negotiated Work-Based Learning
This module focuses on putting your theoretical learning into practical use.
This module critically examines a range of key issues relating to violence and health from international, national and local perspectives. It demonstrates the need for an interdisciplinary public health approach when addressing the causes of violence, building prevention control strategies, and promoting safety. It enables you to understand and develop strategies to control violence.
Engaging in Children and Young People's Complex Mental Health
This 20 credit module will develop an understanding of mental health in children and young people using a multi-disciplinary approach.
The Creation of Mental Illness
This 30 credit module aims to develop a critical understanding of the historical and socio-cultural framework and perceptions of mental health illness. It is assessed via a poster presentation supported by a written critical analysis. The focus of the module is on the portrayal of mental illness through a variety of mediums. This includes the exploration of society's relationship with mental illness across time, the portrayal of mental illness through art, film, and media and the philosophical development of psychiatry and mental illness.
Independent and Supplementary Non-Medical Prescribing (V300)
Aimed at healthcare professionals, this module allows you to prescribe, safely, appropriately and cost-effectively as independent and/or supplementary prescribers, in accordance with both legal and the professional requirements of relevant professional bodies (NMC, HPC, RPSGB). It:
- gives you knowledge to address the specialist educational needs of nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals working within specialist areas and with specific client groups
- prepares you to exercise advanced clinical reasoning, critical thinking and creative problem solving with regard to the unique challenges associated with medicines management among infants, children and young people, the elderly and other specific client groups
*Please Note: Students who wish to undertake V300 Independent and Supplementary Non-Medical Prescribing (NMP), as part of the PgDip Specialist Community Practitioner Children's Nursing programme, must have at least one years’ post registration experience. Students wishing to undertake this module must also be deemed competent by, and obtain permission and support from their employer. All students who wish to undertake V300 Non-Medical Prescribing will have to complete an additional 'North West Non-Medical Prescribing Application form' which will be approved by the prescribing programme team prior to commencement on the NMP programme.
Ethical and Legal Issues within Advanced Practice
Aimed at those working as registered professionals in a relevant area of practice, this module will build your skills in advanced practice decision making. It will also raise your appreciation of the ethical and legal responsibilities involved in advanced practice decision making.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Practice
This module is designed to enable registered health professionals from a wide range of settings to develop their approaches in advancing teaching learning and assessment in practice.
It will also help you to develop a critically reflective approach to your own development in the application of teaching and learning theory, and apply this to your own practice.
Fundamentals of coaching for developing health and social care
This module will help you to:
- develop a critical understanding of the underlying fundamental theory and principles of coaching within Health and Social Care
- demonstrate a critically reflexive approach to synthesising coaching theory and principles within the context of practice.
An insight into teaching on your course
This part-time course has a strong emphasis on self-guided study. A 20-credit module, for example, may involve 30 hours of timetabled study over a 15-week period, supported up by significant independent study focused on virtual learning resources and allocated tasks.
To maintain our professional relevance and enable you to forge key contacts for the future, we work with local stakeholders. Some of our health contacts include Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.
MA Nursing offers a blended learning approach with staff always looking for new and engaging ways to develop your knowledge and skills in your chosen pathway.
You will learn via key note lectures, case scenarios, workshops, discussions and clinical development days.
LJMU's virtual learning environment further enhances the learning experience and the use of wikis and group blog videos have received very positive feedback from students across the school. All course lectures and materials are available online
How learning is monitored on your programme
To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.
The programme’s assessment strategy uses a wide range of assessment methods to ensure that you are able to demonstrate your existing and emerging knowledge of mental health.
We have designed the assessment tasks to enable you to enhance your learning and to encourage robust feedback processes from peers and academics alike.
There is a strong focus on methods that relate to reflexivity, policy and practice and consideration of ‘real-world’ mental health issues.
There are also opportunities for diagnostic assessment to enable you to anticipate, identify and action plan around your specific developmental needs.
This combined approach helps us to ensure that the assessment tasks are relevant and meaningful to you personally.
Dr Nicola Morrell-Scott has worked as a Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University since 2015. Prior to LJMU, Nicola worked within other North West universities in a variety of roles. Her clinical experience is in critical care, where her specialisms include cardiothoracic critical care, alongside general critical care. Nicola continues to maintain her clinical credibility through still working clinically in critical care. She currently leads the post registration critical care courses in the field.
The MA Nursing: Mental Health degree provides an exciting opportunity for you to broaden your mental health nursing knowledge and develop critical thinking in areas such as: mental health policy, mental health practice, mental health research and self-reflexivity in mental health practice.
What you can expect from your School
Situated in the City Campus, the School of Nursing and Allied Health works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design, deliver and evaluate a dynamic suite of postgraduate programmes. In addition to specialist facilities, you will find high quality meeting and seminar rooms and lecture theatres, the Avril Robarts Library which is open 24/7 during semesters plus a large café, IT facilities and social spaces.
LJMU's excellent educational and professional training facilities include £1.6 million practice suites which show a patient's journey from the home environment through to rehabilitation. We use the latest clinical equipment for simulations and developing clinical skills in child, adult and mental health nursing, paramedic practice, social work and midwifery. We also have purpose-built, soundproof booths with video camera and playback facilities.
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You will need:
- Registered Nurse status
- A minimum 2:1 Honours degree
- Evidence of Level 6 or Level 7 study
International applicants cannot be considered unless they hold UK NMC registration and a 2:1 in a related subject. Two references are required (one employer and one academic)
- IELTS Level 7.0 (including 7.0 in the writing component)
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
You can apply now for the MA Nursing course via the LJMU online application form.
You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.